About 400,000 children are treated in emergency rooms every year for bicycle-related injuries. Though there are some crashes over which you have no control, Orange County parents can prepare their kids to avoid the some of the most common, and dangerous, bicycle accidents by following some of these recommendations.
Be Properly Prepared:
Fit and adjust your child's bicycle helmet to his or her head. The importance of wearing a helmet cannot be over-emphasized as it is the primary means by which you can make sure that your child is protected from traumatic and life-altering head and brain injuries.
Following you helmet adjustments, it is importance that you complete a bike tune-up for your child's bicycle. This means wiping off and cleaning the frame, making sure all the bolts are tight, lubricating the chain, inflating the tires and checking the brakes. These simple tasks can be of great help in preventing common accidents like a chain breaking or getting a flat tire.
Hazards beyond you or your child's control, like rocks on the ground, potholes, or even toys, present a serious danger because kids often don't understand what to look for or what to avoid. By practicing maneuvering through traffic cones or garbage cans in an obstacle course on your lawn or in the park, your child will also get used to the motions of avoiding objects in the road or sidewalk; and if they fall, it will be on the grass instead of pavement.
Parents should not underestimate the importance of teaching their children the rules of the road. Your kids should know the sidewalk basics: look both ways, stay to the right, keep a safe distance from other bikes or people, and let others know you're coming.